Bradley attorney Aron Beezley was quoted in Bloomberg BNA on President Trump’s new executive order-based campaign on the federal regulatory system. The executive order (EO) requires federal agencies to appoint “regulatory reform” officers and task forces to simplify and eliminate existing regulations in an effort to create jobs by reducing burdens on the U.S. economy. The regulatory reform task force within each agency must evaluate existing regulations and then make recommendations to the head of the agency regarding whether they should be repealed, replaced or modified.
Regarding the EO's aim to rein in regulations that eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation, “the Executive Order provides no objective criteria on this matter,” Beezley explained. “Accordingly, there is great potential for subjective — and, therefore, inconsistent — application of this Provision.”
Beezley also noted other non-well-defined language in the EO, saying “[T]he Executive Order provides no definition for ‘outdated,’ ‘unnecessary,’ or ‘ineffective.’ As such, there is a tremendous amount of room” for subjective and inconsistent applications of that portion of the order.
The complete article, “Order’s Vagueness Makes Regulatory Reform Tough, Lawyers Say,” appeared in Bloomberg BNA on February 28, 2017. (login required)